Pentacrest HD sample shot
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:30am

If you’re curious what’s happening on the University of Iowa Pentacrest at any given time, you can now tune into a live high-definition view at http://webcam.iowa.uiowa.edu/. Information Technology Services upgraded the camera to HD this month. It features a wide-angle view of the iconic Old Capitol and neighboring buildings, with west-campus structures in the background.

The UI installed the first Pentacrest webcam on top of Phillips Hall in 2000. Alumni, prospective students, and others check in to see what’s happening or to get a feel for the campus. It’s also used to view rallies and other events. Weather events are a big driver of traffic to the site; on Feb. 1, 2011, a record 2,692 people logged on to view a major snowstorm. Thousands of people followed the feed on Nov. 20, 2001, the day of the Old Capitol fire.With the camera upgrade, ITS also changed the behind-the-scenes technology so the site will be able to handle more traffic. The feed typically attracts 300 hits per day and more than 100,000 per year.